Toyota launches its 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours film: The Ultimate Endurance Race

Article by Anita Panait, on August 31, 2013

Toyota Motor Europe has released its "2013 Le Mans 24 Hours: The Ultimate Endurance Race" short film that could only be viewed online. The short film provides a glimpse at TOYOTA Racing team's recent experience at the 90th running of the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours contest. The team achieved a very decent yet very competitive second and fourth place finishes at Round 3 of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The result was achieved only the second time that the TOYOTA HYBRID System – Racing, an innovative petrol hybrid racing technology, took the challenged at the Circuit de la Sarthe. The team's performance underscored the reliability of the team's TS030 HYBRID racers as well as the acceptance of hybrid technology as an integral part of world-class motorsport. TOYOTA Racing Driver, Alex Wurz, said in the short film that "there is no more way to win [Le Mans 24 Hours] without hybrid."

The team gave film crews unprecedented access to their work during the entire Le Mans week -- beginning with the inspection of the TS030 HYBRID at Le Mans city center to the waving of the checkered flag a week later. The "2013 Le Mans 24 Hours: The Ultimate Endurance Race" allows viewers to take a look at the action and the emotion, as well as the connection between the drivers and the team -- all captured with state-of-the-art digital cinematography equipment in high definition.

TOYOTA Racing's #8 car -- piloted by Anthony Davidson, Stéphane Sarrazin and Sébastien Buemi -- fought to toe-to-toe with other race leaders until settling for second place overall. The #7 car piloted by Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre and Kazuki Nakajima came in fourth place.

The #8 car and crew is bound to compete at the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo in Brazil following a 10-week break, with track action on August 30, and the actual race on September 1. Toyota will screen the Le Mans 24 Hours short film to the public at its hybrid-themed stand at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The short film will also be screened at upcoming events. [source: Toyota]

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